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The balsamroot in the summit meadows is peaking right now! If you want to see it, I recommend going within the next week. <P> Flowers currently blooming at lower elevations (primarily in forested areas) include: Fork-Toothed Ookow (<I>Dichelostemma congestum</I>), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (<I>Collinsia parviflora</I>), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (<I>Lomatium triternatum </I>var. <I>triternatum</I>), Slender Popcorn Flower (<I>Plagiobothrys tenellus</I>), White Western Groundsel (<I>Senecio integerrimus </I>var. <I>ochroleucus</I>), Annual Agoseris (<I>Agoseris heterophylla</I>), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (<I>Trientalis latifolia</I>), Thimbleberry (<I>Rubus parviflorus</I>), patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine (<I>Lupinus latifolius </I>var. <I>thompsonianus</I>), Baldhip Rose (<I>Rosa gymnocarpa</I>), Wild Strawberry (<I>Fragaria virginiana</I>), Smooth Woodland Star (<I>Lithophragma glabrum</I>), Threadleaf Phacelia (<I>Phacelia linearis</I>), some Western Wallflower (<I>Erysimum capitatum</I>), and Chickweed Monkey Flower (<I>Mimulus alsinoides</I>) in the rocky sections of the Augspurger Trail. <P> Flowers currently blooming in forested areas at higher elevations: Chocolate Lily (<I>Fritillaria lanceolata</I>), Vanilla leaf (<I>Achlys triphylla</I>), Columbia Windflower (<I>Anemone deltoidea</I>), Spotted Coral Root (<I>Corallorhiza maculata</I>), Inside-Out Flower (<I>Vancouveria hexandra</I>), Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal (<I>Maianthemum stellatum</I>), Smooth Yellow Violet (<I>Viola glabella</I>), Hooker's Fairybell (<I>Disporum hookeri</I>), Miner's Lettuce (<I>Claytonia perfoliata</I>), and Candyflower (<I>Claytonia sibirica</I>). The following are particularly profuse in the forested section of the Dog Mountain Trail before reaching the junction with the Augspurger Trail: Red Baneberry (<I>Actaea rubra</I>), Columbia Windflower, Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal, Vanilla leaf, Minerís Lettuce, and Candyflower. <P> Flowers currently blooming in the meadows: Northwest Balsamroot (<I>Balsamorhiza deltoidea</I>) of course, Rosy Plectritis (<I>Plectritis congesta</I>), Harsh Paintbrush (<I>Castilleja hispida</I>), Spring Gold (<I>Lomatium utriculatum</I>), Western Serviceberry (<I>Amelanchier alnifolia</I>), Columbia Gorge Lupine (<I>Lupinus latifolius </I>var. <I>thompsonianus</I>). Upland Larkspur (<I>Delphinium nuttallianum</I>), Bicolored Cluster Lily (<I>Broadeia howellii</I>), Spring Gold (<I>Lomatium utriculatum</I>), Douglasí Catchfly (<I>Silene douglasii</I>), Meadow Death Camas (<I>Zigadenus venenosus</I>) in the lower meadow only, Taper-tip Onion (<I>Allium acuminatum</I>) in the upper meadow only, Prairie Star (<I>Lithophragma parviflorus</I>), Spreading Phlox (<I>Phlox diffusa</I>), Western Buttercup (<I>Ranunculus occidentalis</I>), American vetch (<I>Vicia americana</I>), more Wild Strawberry, Chocolate Lily, and Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, and a few patches of Cascades Penstemon (<I>Penstemon serrulatus</I>). <P> <FONT COLOR="RED">CAVEAT</FONT>: The poison oak (<I>Toxicodendron diversilobum</I>) lines both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails at low elevations (below approximately 1800 feet). Make sure that you know how to <a href="http://www.poisonoak-id.com/" target="_blank">identify it</a>! I recommend wearing long pants and carrying Tecnu just in case.


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